How to Create a Subtle Contour with Just One Product

I keep falling in and out of love with contouring.

I’m always running late and I’ve always sacrificed makeup time for a few more minutes in bed. I’m more than willing to spend an hour on my makeup when I’m going out out but for day-to-day I never want to spend more than 15 minutes.

After experimenting with some very intense 10 product contour that left me looking like the word “blend” wasn’t in my vocabulary, I decided all this faffing wasn’t for me. There’s no way I will ever have the effort to put that many products on my face daily.

Luckily I have stumbled across a happy medium. A 3 in 1 highlight/contour/blush by Rimmel. Easy peasy, super quick and the perfect subtlety. I’ve come to realise my favourite kind of contour is the kind you don’t notice. The kind that enhances your natural face, fine tuning the angles and making those cheek bones pop.

I wasn’t expecting to fall so in love with this product but it really has rocked my makeup world. It’s made my daily routine quicker and my makeup bag a hell of a lot lighter.

The process takes me 4 steps, 3 brushes and two minutes. Here’s how I do it!

Start with a contourless base. Just foundation and concealer.

  1. Jumping straight in with contour. (This is technically the second step in the pallet but I’m a bit highlight crazy at the moment so I’m saving the best ’till last). I’m starting by contouring the hollows of my cheeks, the sides of my nose, my temples, my forehead and my jawline.

2. Using the same brush, for no other reason than sheer laziness, I then apply the blush to the apples of my cheeks.

3. BLEND.BLEND.BLEND.BLEND. I get it now, totally get it. Gotta blend until your brush breaks (literally it would seem). Then fix the brush and blend some more.

No blend / Half blend / Full Blend 

4. Highlightttttttttttttttttttttttt. My final and favourite step. I highlight my cheekbones, the middle of my nose, my forehead, my chin, then my cheekbones a bit more.

Tahdahhhhhhhhhhh! Easy as that. Let me know what you think!

This post is in collaboration with Rimmel & Refinery 29, all opinions are of course my own. 



  1. July 7, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    this was so beautifully put together, loved it!

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